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Today's News

  • Board considers squeezing more into high school day

    The school day could include a seventh period for high school students in the future. Currently there are six periods.

    The Roane County Board of Education Policy Committee discussed the possible change earlier this month.

    “This would only affect Oliver Springs, Harriman, Rockwood and Kingston,” Policy Committee Chairman Wade McCullough said. “They’re on a six period, traditional day.”

  • Children’s meal program needs volunteers

    Rockwood Housing Authority’s Kids Cafe needs a volunteer coordinator to help provide a meal to the community’s children each Monday.

    “Once they meet these kids they’ll want to help,” said Jennifer Watson, housing manager of the Rockwood Housing Authority.

    The coordinator would plan the menu and shop for nutritious meals for approximately 60 children each week, as well as coordinate volunteers to help cook, serve food and clean up. The coordinator must also be interested in being a mentor to the children.

  • Meeting today for Roane TVA board

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation will hold a

    special-called meeting at 10 a.m. today (Friday).

    Jim Hopson, a public relations official for TVA, said the projects involve Rockwood and Oliver Springs, but at press time, said he didn’t have details.

    The meeting is at Kingston City Hall in Ladd Landing.

    The foundation was created after the TVA ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant as part of an effort to “make whole” the area impacted by the disaster.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s been quite a week for the old curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, today we have more topics roiling around in the old cranium than Carmen Miranda had Cavendish bananas in her headdress.

    (Younger readers can ask their parents to identify the effervescent Latin Bombshell, Carmen Miranda and her fabulous fruit adorned turbans, and can seek guidance on the Cavendish bananas in some botanical tome, or in the more likely source, the internet.)

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s been quite a week for the old curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, today we have more topics roiling around in the old cranium than Carmen Miranda had Cavendish bananas in her headdress.

    (Younger readers can ask their parents to identify the effervescent Latin Bombshell, Carmen Miranda and her fabulous fruit adorned turbans, and can seek guidance on the Cavendish bananas in some botanical tome, or in the more likely source, the internet.)

  • Kindergarten: the next generation

    Naps and early dismissals have long been a thing of the past for yawning kindergarteners. They’re being taught more than ever under stricter guidelines.

    “Some children come to school with a wealth of knowledge,” said Roslyn Eskridge, a kindergarten teacher at Midtown Elementary School.

    “And others come that don’t know colors and shapes and numbers and letters,” she added. “But we are still expected to have them all reading by Christmas.”

  • Impressive streak comes to an end for Lady Waves

     

    A late rally by the Midway Lady Green Waves came up just short Tuesday and the result would be a season-ending 5-3 loss at the hands of Meigs County in the District 3-A Tournament at Harriman.

  • Season ends for Blue Devils, Bobcats

     

    The Harriman Blue Devils and Oliver Springs Bobcats both entered play on Tuesday needing a win to keep their season live, but neither could come away with a victory.

    The Bobcats dropped a 12-2 decision at the hands of Oakdale in the District 4-A Tournament at Oneida while the Blue Devils fell 10-0 against Meigs County in District 3-A play at Harriman.

  • TWRA announces grants

     

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

  • Cherokee wins middle school title

     

    What separates good teams from great ones in baseball is the ability to manufacture runs and Cherokee Middle School did just that Saturday afternoon with an impressive 8-1 victory over Coalfield in the AA district tournament title game.